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Jennifer De Leon

Born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents, Jennifer De Leon is the author of the novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Simon & Schuster/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). She graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in International Relations (she spent a semester in Vietnam and another semester in France), earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice, and later a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UMASS-Boston. She has received several awards and residencies from organizations across the country, including: the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Macondo, VONA, Associates of the Boston Public Library, and the City of Boston. Her short story, “Home Movie,” originally published in The Briar Cliff Review, was the 2015 One City, One Story pick as part of the Boston Book Festival (30,000 copies were distributed around the city!), and her stories and essays have appeared in over a dozen literary magazines and anthologies, including: Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Guernica, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. De Leon is a winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2016, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. After completing the Teach for America program, and after a decade teaching in Boston Public Schools, she is now an Assistant Professor of English at Framingham State University and an active board member for GrubStreet, the nation’s largest narrative arts center.